US police officers test 50 mph electric bicycles in real-world patrols

When we first covered the high-power Delfast TopCop electric bicycle, the company was still pitching its bikes to various police departments around the world. Now we’re hearing some of the first feedback from actual cops who have incorporated the e-bikes into their daily service.

The Delfast TopCop is an enduro-style electric bicycle that might be better described as an electric motorcycle… with pedals.

It can reach speeds of up to 50 mph (80 km/h) thanks to its 5kW (6.7 hp) rear hub motor.

The bike also stuffs nearly 3.5kWh of battery into its enclosed frame, providing a range of up to 174 miles (280 km) at city speeds. That’s nearly as much battery capacity as the entry-level Zero FXS electric motorcycle. Yet somehow crammed into a bicycle.